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History of the World: Part I (12-Jun-1981)

Director: Mel Brooks

Writer: Mel Brooks

Music: John Morris

Producer: Mel Brooks

Keywords: Comedy

The history of mankind as told in a series of elaborate episodic set pieces: the Stone Age, the Roman Empire, the Inquisition, French Revolution, etc. Spoofing the historical epic, there is much comedy but a good percentage falls flat, and today seems dated. History has its priceless moments, one such example the Spanish Inquisition had it been imagined by Busby Berkeley.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Mel Brooks
Film Director
28-Jun-1926   Blazing Saddles
Sid Caesar
Comic
8-Sep-1922 12-Feb-2014 Your Show of Shows
Charlie Callas
Comic
20-Dec-1924 27-Jan-2011 Malcolm Argos on Switch
Ron Carey
Actor
11-Dec-1935 16-Jan-2007 Officer Levitt on Barney Miller
Jack Carter
Comic
24-Jun-1923   Stand-up comic, actor
Dom DeLuise
Actor
1-Aug-1933 4-May-2009 Cannonball Run
Fritz Feld
Actor
15-Oct-1900 18-Nov-1993 Bringing Up Baby
Shecky Greene
Comic
8-Apr-1926   Chicago nightclub comic
Nigel Hawthorne
Actor
5-Apr-1929 26-Dec-2001 The Madness of King George
Hugh Hefner
Publisher
9-Apr-1926   Founder, Playboy magazine
John Hillerman
Actor
20-Dec-1932   Higgins on Magnum, P.I.
Gregory Hines
Dancer
14-Feb-1946 9-Aug-2003 Tap dancer
Mary-Margaret Humes
Actor
4-Apr-1954   Gail Leery on Dawson's Creek
John Hurt
Actor
22-Jan-1940   Alien
Madeline Kahn
Actor
29-Sep-1942 3-Dec-1999 Paper Moon and Blazing Saddles
Harvey Korman
Comic
15-Feb-1927 29-May-2008 The Carol Burnett Show
Cloris Leachman
Actor
30-Apr-1926   Phyllis and The Facts of Life
Barry Levinson
Film Director
6-Apr-1942   Rain Man
Jackie Mason
Comic
9-Jun-1934   The World According to Me!
Paul Mazursky
Film Director
25-Apr-1930   Down and Out in Beverly Hills
Pat McCormick
Comic
30-Jun-1927 29-Jul-2005 Smokey and the Bandit
Art Metrano
Actor
22-Sep-1936   Capt. Mauser, Police Academy
Spike Milligan
Comic
16-Apr-1918 27-Feb-2002 The Goon Show
Howard Morris
Actor
4-Sep-1919 21-May-2005 Ernest T. Bass on The Andy Griffith Show
Jan Murray
Comic
4-Oct-1916 2-Jul-2006 Borscht belt comedian, host of Treasure Hunt
Jack Riley
Actor
30-Dec-1935   Elliot Carlin on The Bob Newhart Show
Andrew Sachs
Actor
7-Apr-1930   Manuel on Fawlty Towers
Pamela Stephenson
Actor
4-Dec-1949   Not the Nine O'Clock News
Andréas Voutsinas
Actor
22-Aug-1932 8-Jun-2010 Stage actor and drama coach
Orson Welles
Actor
6-May-1915 10-Oct-1985 Citizen Kane
Henny Youngman
Comic
16-Mar-1906 24-Feb-1998 Take my wife, please

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